Alpine Skiing: Vonn Wins Super-G In Lake Louise, Hirscher Wins Giant Slalom In Beaver Creek
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The weekend's Alpine Skiing World Cup events concluded with a women's super-G in Lake Louise and a men's giant slalom in Beaver Creek.

Women's Super-G in Lake Louise

Austria's Tamara Tippler, starting with the bib No. 3, set the quickest time that would last long. Following Tippler, Norway's Lotte Smiseth Sejersted went to second place, 0.34 seconds behind.

The top two remained intact until the run of Cornelia Hütter with the bib No. 17. Hütter went to second place, just 0.03 seconds behind her countrywoman Tippler.

Only one lady would beat the Austrians in the lead of the race. Lindsey Vonn of the USA beat Tippler's time with a massive gap of 1.32 seconds. Vonn achieved a clean sweep of the weekend's races after having won the downhill races on Friday and Saturday. The super-G was the 70th win in Vonn's World Cup career.

The podium remained intact after Vonn's run, though Italy's Johanna Schnarf went to fourth place, 1.49 seconds from Vonn.

Four-time slalom World Cup champion and overall World Cup leader before Sunday's race, Mikaela Shiffrin, made her super-G World Cup debut in Lake Louise. She finished the race in 15th place, scoring 16 points for her World Cup campaign.

Lara Gut and Tina Weirather were among the favorites for the speed races of Lake Louise. The winner of the previous two years' super-Gs in Lake Louise, Gut, finished the race in seventh place, 1.77 seconds from Vonn. Weirather's miserable weekend continued with a 10th place finish, 2.09 seconds from Vonn.

Lindsey Vonn claimed the overall World Cup lead with the 300 points for her three wins in Lake Louise. Mikaela Shiffrin is in second place, only four points behind Vonn. Lara Gut is in third place, 42 points from Vonn.

Men's Giant Slalom in Beaver Creek

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The winner of Saturday's super-G, Marcel Hirscher of Austria, set the quickest time of the first round. The following starters, Thomas Fanara, Ted Ligety and Alexis Pinturault, were going below Hirscher's time but they all crashed. The crash ended Ligety's winning streak in Beaver Creek giant slaloms, dating back to 2011.

Closest to Hirscher came Germany's Stefan Luitz with the bib No. 19. He had a mistake in his run and was already 0.60 seconds behind Hirscher in the second split, yet could reduce the gap to 0.15 seconds by the finish line.

The biggest positive surprise of the first round was Sweden's André Myhrer. He is better known as a slalom specialist, yet he set the third-quickest time, 0.34 seconds from Hirscher.

Last season's overall World Cup runner-up, Kjetil Jansrud, qualified for the second run as the 16th-quickest of the first run. He managed to improve his position by one to 15th on the second run and scored 16 points for his World Cup campaign.

First round's fourth-quickest, Victor Muffat-Jeandet, was leading the race with the first round's top three to come. The 2012 slalom World Cup champion Myhrer could not stay ahead of Muffat-Jeandet but went behind him and Henrik Kristoffersen to third place.

First round's second quickest, Stefan Luitz, was storming down the Birds of Prey slope and was already 1.03 seconds ahead of Muffat-Jeandet at the final split. Then he made a big mistake and finished 2.90 seconds behind Muffat-Jeandet, outside the top 20.

The leader of the first round, Marcel Hirscher, was the only man remaining. Leading Muffat-Jeandet by 0.52 seconds after the first run, he increased the gap to 0.98 seconds to win his second race of the weekend.

A skier worth noticing is Roland Leitinger. Like in the season-opening GS of Sölden, the 24-year-old Austrian set the quickest time of the second round, progressing from 26th to 10th place. Good results will improve his starting position, enabling him to perform better in the first run in future races.

Defending champion Hirscher claimed the GS World Cup lead with today's win. Muffat-Jeandet is second, 54 points behind. Ligety and Kristoffersen shared third place, 60 points behind Hirscher.

The overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal missed the giant slalom due to a food poisoning and fever. He remains in the points lead ahead of the defending champion Hirscher by 57 points. Ligety is third in the overall standings, 137 points behind Svindal. However, the slalom season hasn't started yet, so Hirscher has a great chance to overtake Svindal in next weekend's technical races in Val d'Isère.


The Alpine Skiing World Cup continues on December 12-13 with men's giant slalom and slalom in Val d'Isère, and women's giant slalom and slalom in Åre.

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